Just before the weekend hit, Verizon quietly announced that it will finally begin rolling out support for Wi-Fi calling on select Samsung devices — the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge — this coming week. Unfortunately, iPhone users hoping to take advantage of Wi-Fi calling will have to wait a bit longer as the nation’s largest carrier said iOS support is slated to roll out sometime in early 2016.
As 2015 comes to a close, we find ourselves looking ahead to the new year and all the technology it’s sure to bring. At the top of many lists is the virtual reality headset, which is set to enter the mainstream with the launch of the Oculus VR, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR all slated for the first half of next year.
Looking to score more affordable mobile devices this Black Friday season? Various retailers have already included special deals on smartphones and tablets for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but they’re not the only ones discounting some of the most popular devices this holiday season. Mobile operators will have Black Friday deals in stores for smartphones and tablets, with Verizon having already revealed its promotions for the upcoming sales weekend.
Our Black Friday 2015 hub is boiling over with great holiday deals that will save you tons of money on everything from electronics and appliances to clothing and more, but now it’s time to shift focus to a deal that won’t cost you a dime. If you’re a Verizon Wireless subscriber with an eligible plan, Verizon will give you 2GB of data for free right now as part of its “Thanksgetting” promotion. More →
Because your cell phone bill wasn’t outrageous enough already — Verizon’s Q3 revenue totaled $33.2 billion and net income rose nearly 10% to $4.2 billion — Verizon has decided to tack something else on and start charging its customers a $20 activation fee to add a new line to their service when signing up for a contract-free plan starting on November 15th. More →
At an event in New York City today, Motorola and Verizon debuted two new devices: the flagship Droid Turbo 2 and the budget-minded Droid Maxx 2. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out our hands-on preview of the Turbo 2, but although Motorola’s flagship is sure to steal the spotlight, the Maxx 2 is a solid midrange device in a market full of subpar offerings. More →
Around this time of year, when users are swamped with countless new smartphones to choose from, vendors have to find some way to distinguish themselves. This can be especially difficult for an Android device released at the end of October, but Verizon and Motorola found a way to pique my interest with the unveiling of the Droid Turbo 2 on Tuesday. More →
We’re in the midst of one of the most crowded holiday seasons for smartphones in recent memory, but we’re still not out of the woods yet. Today at 11 a.m. ET, Motorola and Verizon will be hosting a live event in New York City to unveil its latest slate of Droid smartphones, which many expect to be the Droid Turbo 2 and Droid Maxx 2. More →
Verizon has millions of loyal subscribers who love its network but are nonetheless not pleased with its policy of charging you extra money if you go over your allotted monthly data limit. T-Mobile, which never misses an opportunity to troll rivals, sent out a plane to skywrite this particular grievance over Verizon’s headquarters on Monday, although Verizon had some first-rate comebacks of its own. More →
Verizon on Thursday took a bold new step in its never-ending quest to make life less enjoyable for subscribers with grandfathered unlimited data plans. Per The Verge, Verizon is raising the price of its grandfathered unlimited data plans by $20 a month so they’ll now cost $49.99 starting in November. While $49.99 for unlimited data doesn’t sound too awful, remember that your data plan is only part of what you’re paying for every month. More →
Competition can be a beautiful thing. Verizon this week announced a new iPhone upgrade program that will allow users to pay off their new iPhone in monthly installments. Under the new program, Verizon subscribers will be able to upgrade to a completely new iPhone model after just 12 monthly payments, provided that they trade-in their existing iPhone. The only overarching requirement is that half of the device’s full asking price must be paid off before a new phone will be handed out.
While Verizon previously allowed consumers to make month to month payments, that financing option was only available over the course of a two-year period, with no opportunity for users to upgrade early.
Google Fiber is hardly the only threat to ISP mainstays like Comcast and Time Warner Cable these days. There are three times as many wireless accounts as there are cable broadband accounts in the United States, and wireless growth is seen continuing at a much more rapid pace than land-based broadband growth. What’s more, usage patterns are continuing to shift toward mobile devices and away from traditional computers.
The nation’s top cable companies have spent quite a bit of money of late building out large Wi-Fi networks across the country, and they have spent even more money marketing their networks of Wi-Fi hotspots. Some ISPs are even launching their own Wi-Fi only mobile phone services. Why? Because mobile is the battleground of the future and ISPs need to do everything they can to keep customers connected while they’re on the go.
But a new technology is emerging that may threaten to weaken the quality of ISPs’ Wi-Fi networks while strengthening their competitors’ cellular services, and Big Cable has no plans to take things lying down. More →